* To quickly thaw mixed vegetables, place in colander or strainer; rinse with warm water until thawed. Drain well.
If you're one of those well-meaning shoppers who purchases a proliferation of greens at the market, only to have them rot in the refrigerator before you get around to cleaning them for a salad, you're in luck. Many greens are now available washed, torn and ready to dress, either in grocery store salad bars or in an increasing number of prepackaged options including romaine, coleslaw mix, mesclun (mixed young salad greens) and spinach. When purchasing packaged greens, look for bright color and crisp leaves with no signs of browning or wilting.